Have you ever strolled past first-class passengers as you boarded a flight and wished you were in their seats? All of us have been there. Fortunately, there are alternatives to purchasing pricey tickets if you want to enjoy the high life near the front of the plane.

Here, we dispel some common misconceptions about the procedure and explain how to get free upgrades on both domestic and international flights.

Obtaining elite status with an airline is the greatest way to receive a free upgrade to first class. All the major airlines provide complimentary upgrades to frequent travellers, though not always on every flight. On its "premium" transcontinental flights, such as Newark-Los Angeles, Newark-San Francisco, and Boston-San Francisco, which include flat-bed business-class seats rather than first-class armchair seats, United, for example, does not give its elite members a free upgrade.

However, on intercontinental flights with lie-flat seats, including those to Hawaii, Delta does provide complimentary upgrades.

If you are an airline elite member, all you need to do is request a free upgrade for your reservation before your flight or when you check in.

Call American Airlines Contact Number at +1-800-419-8165 for American Airlines Seat Upgrade Policy.